Baseball to Face W&J, Allegheny in Washington, PA this Weekend

Baseball to Face W&J, Allegheny in Washington, PA this Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University baseball team will head to Washington, Pennsylvania this weekend for three games, facing host Washington & Jefferson College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4th, followed by a 4:00 p.m. game against Allegheny College, and the wrapping-up the weekend with a 12:00 p.m. contest against the Presidents on Sunday, March 5th.

Live Coverage

Saturday, March 4th
1:00 PM: CWRU vs. Washington & Jefferson

4:00 PM: CWRU vs. Allegheny

 

Sunday, March 5th
12:00 PM: CWRU vs. Washington & Jefferson

 

CWRU Spartans

Case Western Reserve will be aiming for a rebound this weekend, after going 0-3 during a season-opening series at 16th-ranked Shenandoah University last weekend.  Last season CWRU finished the campaign with a 26-15 overall record, receiving a bid to the NCAA DIII Tournament for the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time overall in the program's history.  The Spartans scored 13 runs in their first three games, while allowing 33.

 

Senior outfielder Josh Neal led the team at the plate last weekend, batting .417 (five-for-12) with a pair of RBIs, while freshman outfielder Chris Shorter was two-for-five with two RBIs, and senior outfielder Aaron Cain added a .333 average with two runs scored, two walks, and a run batted in. 

 

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Englander, who will be starting his 11th season with the squad.  His career record of 234-190-2 is good for a winning percentage of .556, and he will begin the season just 11 wins shy of the program record by a head coach.  Englander is assisted by Nick Callahan and Branden Stucky.

 

Washington & Jefferson Presidents

Washington and Jefferson will be opening its 2017 season on Saturday, after going 26-17 during the 2016 campaign and reaching the Presidents' Athletic Conference Championship game.  The Presidents received votes in this week's D3baseball.com rankings.

The team is slated to be returning a pair of All-Region players for the 2017 season in senior pitcher Riley Groves and senior outfielder Nick Vento.

The Presidents are led by Head Coach Jeff Mountain, who has a career record of 385-218-1 during his 14 years with the team.  He is assisted by Ryan Verlihay, DJ Sammel, Tony Pascarella, Mark Thomchick, and Ben Webb.

The Spartans have gone 5-1 against the Presidents since the start of the 2013 season, including wins in each of the last four meetings.  Last year, CWRU swept a road doubleheader against Washington & Jefferson with a 5-3 win in the early contest, followed by a 7-5 victory in the late game.  Jake Shields pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on seven hits in the 5-3 win, while Aaron Cain was two-for-four with a double, a triple and three runs batted in.  In the late affair, Liam Killingstad pitched six innings of relief to earn the win, and Dan Watson went three-for-five with a home run.

Allegheny Gators

Allegheny has opened its season with a 2-1 record, after taking two of three games against John Carroll University in Beckley, West Virginia last weekend.  After a 21-14 overall record last season, the Gators have started this campaign batting .318 as a team and averaging 10.0 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 5.53 ERA and a .350 opponents' batting average.

Allegheny is coached by Kelly Swiney, who has gone 180-127 during his nine season with the team.  He is assisted by Mike Victory and Daryl Jones.

Since the start of the 2007 campaign, the Spartans have gone 7-3 against Allegheny.  The teams last met in 2015, when CWRU swept a home doubleheader against the Gators, winning the two games by scores of 6-2 and 4-0.  In the 4-0 win, Jake Shields earned the win with 6.2 shutout innings, and Danny Souza drove in two runs.  Souza also had three hits, including a pair of doubles, during the team's 6-2 victory, and Ben Murphy threw 7.0 shutout innings en route to the victory.

 

Spartan Notes

Aaron Cain reached base five-of-seven times when leading off an inning last weekend, good for a .714 on-base percentage… Cain and Josh Neal each recorded multiple hits in two of the three games… Sophomore third baseman Jacob Kucia hit his first career home run during the Spartans' opening game of the season, a solo shot during the sixth inning in the team's 13-6 loss at Shenandoah… Three Spartans players have started each of the team's first three games at the same position – Neal in right field, Cain in center field and senior Eric Eldred at catcher… Cain has hit in the leadoff spot all three games, the only CWRU to appear in the same position in the lineup through each game so far… The Spartans are in a stretch on 19-consecutive road and neutral games to start the season, before their first home game of the year on March 31st against Brandeis.